Hands-down, I delight in destroying and transforming denim much more than I enjoy wearing it! When my jeans are on their last legs, that means the best is yet to come.
My interest in sustainability began in my college years. For a time, I was a janitor. I cleaned up messes that words don’t suffice to describe, wrangled with trash bags, and hauled away recyclables. At some point, my inner dialogue shifted from a stream of complaints to a realization that I was living in a laboratory with an opportunity to make observations about habits and attitudes related to consumption and waste. What stays with me to the present is the magnitude of waste that accumulated every day and my shock at how we waste resources without giving it a second thought. My least favorite job was an eye opener and a part of why I’m upcycling today.
With creativity, there’s infinite potential in anything. An item can have many uses beyond its original purpose just like how a person moves at a different tempo and has unique goals and dreams at every phase of life. Seeing the circularity and potential for change in an object reminds me of humanity’s capability to reimagine and reconfigure its future.
Reduce, reuse, upcycle!
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